CLEMSON, SC (WSPA) – Hundreds of students from across the state and 12 counties gathered at Clemson University to learn about reading from the National Champions.

It’s the fourth year that Dabo and his wife Kathleen Swinney have put on this event to bring awareness to the importance of reading levels across the state.

Over 250 first graders listened to some Tigers read to them and each child took home a bag with ten books. One teacher tells 7 News those books have prevented the summer slide.

“We test them before schools out and we test them when they come  back in and there tends to be regression over the summer, but when they come back after having those books there is little regression,” said Teresa Hamlin who is a teacher at West End Elementary in Pickens County.

It’s not just the students at the event, but 25 districts took home a total of 13,000 books this year.